Yeah I’ll grant you that he had a couple of those that he got more on reputation, but he was still…
Aaron Fredgant
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it made sense for ariza/artest to guard the best players cuz they were better defenders (artest was a 20 ppg scorer the season before he came to LA, so it wasn’t like he was a zero offensively), but then why was kobe still being named all defense when he wasn’t even the best wing defender on his own team? as i said, he was a great defender earlier in his career, but by that point he was kinda how lebron is now: more or less coasting on D until a few possessions at the next of games. his total number of all defense selections (that a lot of people throw around for his “legacy”) is bloated because he got some reputation based selections gifted to him.

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